By Zoran Pavlovic, Professor Charles F Gritzner
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The country also suffered under the absolute rule of Austrian czars Mary Theresa and Joseph II, as well as a short-lived occupation by forces of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. During the age of absolutism, Austrians tried to officially minimize Croatian independence in its internal affairs. This was a policy they had pursued with other Slavic nations within the Habsburg Empire. One method employed was the Austrian’s insistence on the exclusive usage of the German language. This weakened the influence of Slavic-speaking Croatians.
These are just some of the questions that will be answered in this chapter. Croatian People Almost every nation has a legend about its origins, and the Croats are no exception. According to Croat legend, in the distant past several tribes headed by five brothers and two sisters moved into what is today Croatia. The name of one of the brothers was Hrobatos. From his name comes “Hrvat,” which translates to “Croat” in Croatian. It is difficult for modern historians to trace the Croats’ past. Little is known about their origin or other aspects of their early history.
After this tragic event, the political situation in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenians deteriorated rapidly. This led King Karadjordjevic to dismiss the Parliament and to proclaim his dictatorship in January 1929. Soon afterward, the country’s name was changed to Yugoslavia (which means “country of the South Slavs”). After an agreement between Serbian and Croatian political leaders in 1939, Croatia gained greater autonomy within Yugoslavia. The newly found autonomy lasted for a short time.
Croatia (Modern World Nations) by Zoran Pavlovic, Professor Charles F Gritzner